Saturday May 6, 2017
By the beginning of May, the first four Grand Prix will already have taken place. The Australian Grand Prix started things off on 26th March, followed by the Chinese Grand Prix on 9th April and the Bahrain Grand Prix on the 16th. The month will complete with the Russian Grand Prix on the 30th April.
We then have two weeks’ respite before the first of two Grand Prix takes place in May. This will be the Spanish Grand Prix, held at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Barcelona (of course), on 14th May. And two weeks’ later, on 28th May, we can expect the Monaco Grand Prix to take place. This will be at the Circuit de Monaco, and as you may know, it takes place on a street circuit, rather than a specially-designed off-road circuit. This circuit has a capacity of around 37,000 spectators.
In contrast, the Spanish Grand Prix will take place at the Montmelo circuit, and this has a much larger capacity of 140,700 spectators. No doubt both locations will be packed with fans wanting to find out how the Formula 1 season will develop at the fifth and sixth events of the year. The 2017 season will culminate with the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the 20th of the year, on 26th November, so we have a long way to go yet before finding out who might win the drivers’ championship.
After the first three championships, Sebastian Vettel of Germany was in first place in the drivers’ standings. He recorded first place in both the Australian and the Bahrain Grand Prix, taking second place in the Chinese Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain is in second place, having come first in China and second in the other two, behind Vettel. Valtteri Bottas, Kimi Raikkonen, and Max Verstappen round out the top five.
So, at present, anyone could win and there are still 17 races to go. After May’s two events, it will give us a better idea of whether there will be any changes in the top five, or whether the drivers will remain in the same positions. Will you be watching? If so, who will you bet on to win in Spain and Monaco?